Dan Cuddy, one poem


An American Hero

plunk-plunk

turn

fire

swish

though a ball through a net

doesn't make that much sound

and there were three seconds left

and

"yeah" "wow" "rock it"

Frank Manello made the shot

the Nuthins won

shouldn't have won

bunch of freshmen

against sophomores

first round intramurals

won

yeah, Frank

you got the stuff

************

four years later

Vietnam

a booby trap

platoon on patrol

no cheers

just death

Frank

hero

***********

and so now

everything is patched up

the business interests

run tours to Vietnam